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81-Year-Old Japanese Woman Learns How to Code, Creates an iPhone Game from Scratch

This super senior just proved age isn’t a hindrance to cracking code.

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In the sunset of their years, people start to slow down and sit back to enjoy the rest of their lives. Some enjoy quiet walks, breathing in the peaceful atmosphere of their gardens, or napping for long stretches of time.

Not many senior citizens would dare do something as mentally taxing as the crossword puzzle on their daily newspaper, or an occasional game of chess or cards. Fiddling with anything that smacks of digital technology, not so much.

One Japanese retiree has turned the entire theory of senior slowdown upside down. She decided to teach herself how to code, and from there created her own iPhone game app from scratch.

All by herself.

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Masako Wakamiya, an 81-year-old former bank employee refused to let old age and cognitive decline prevent her from continuing her quest to learn.

At the compulsory retirement age of 60, she left her job at a major bank after over 40 years of service. During the same year, she bought her first computer.

She set up the computer herself. It took her three whole months!

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While learning her way around, she discovered online chatting. It filled the lonely hours in her life and gave her a sense of purpose.

No quiet gardening, crossword puzzles, or games of cards for this dame.

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From her online friends, Masako happened upon coding, and she decided to take on the challenge of a totally new field of knowledge than she’d ever been used to.

The challenge paid off when she churned out her first gaming app.

Her simple iPhone game, called Hinadan, features a series of dolls a player arranges according to a specific order.

For the seriously O.C. doll lovers.

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It is based on a traditional Japanese holiday called “Girls’ Day” that involves dressing dolls up in intricate costumes.

Bridging technology and the traditional.

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The game guides players with beeps of approval or disapproval until they finally get the right placement for each doll.


Masako’s achievement was quite the success, and she was invited to give a talk during the 2014 TEDxTokyo.

Standing ovations for this octogenarian.

Watch Masako in action.

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During the talk, the tech-savvy senior encouraged other people her age to never stop learning and to embrace technology during their knowledge journey.

Because learning is life.

These days, Masako runs her own website where she provides Excel art tutorials, and other technology guides for senior citizens traversing the path of technology.

Her inspiring story serves as a benchmark not only for older people, but for everyone never to limit learning at any age.

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There’s a Medical Condition Causing People to Crack Puns 24/7 – and It’s No Joke

It turns out people can develop an obsession to wisecracking.

Everybody loves a good pun but excessive and disruptive wisecracking is another thing. It turns out there's a serious neurological condition called Witzelsucht, a compulsive urge to crack jokes and tell inappropriate stories day and night. And no, we're not kidding.

One of the earliest documented cases of this pathological joking is from 1929 by German neurologist Otfrid Foerster. While operating on a male patient, Foerster started manipulating the cancerous growth. The patient, who was conscious throughout the procedure (a common practice at the time), started delivering pun after pun after awful pun.

Witzelsucht is a medical condition in which a person develops an obsession to wisecracking.

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Scientists Make Surprising Discoveries at the Bottom of Earth’s Deepest Hole

The attempt on the journey to the center of the Earth took 24 years.

Not much is known when it comes to the distances of what lies beneath the ground we stand on. There is more to know about the distance of galaxies than the deepest holes on Earth. Out of this curiosity, Soviet scientists in the 70s decided to conduct a study on the deepest part of the planet. For the next 24 years, they spent time drilling into the Earth’s crust.

What resulted from the probe was the Kola Superdeep Borehole, which had a depth of over 7.5 miles. To compare, the deepest part of the ocean, the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, has a depth of 6.8 miles.

Soviet scientists attempted to drill into the deepest part of the hole, which then resulted to the Kola Superdeep Borehole.

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There Is Now A Way To ‘Download’ Knowledge To Your Brain, Science Claims

The Matrix just got real. Talk about life imitating art!

Gaining new knowledge, although rewarding, can be challenging at the same time. Just imagine having to read lots of books or check out various online references when you need to research about a certain topic.

So yes, it can be a time-consuming process and you just can’t help but feel overwhelmed sometimes. One way or another, you may have probably wished there was a way to simply ‘download’ information into your brain, just like in The Matrix!

Apparently, there is now a way to feed information directly into a person’s brain.

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